March 23, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 23 MARCH 1945
ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): An eight bomber strike is called off due to weather.
CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 28 B-24s bomb the Tsinan railroad shops and Yellow River bridge; 5 B-25s bomb town areas, storage facilities, and targets of opportunity at Sinsiang and Wu-yang and chiefly in the Hsiangcheng area; 50+ fighter-bombers attack troops, horses, and river, road, and railroad targets in N French Indochina and S and E China.
INDIA-BURMA THEATER (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 15 P-47s support Chinese ground forces, bomb troops, and positions at Nampongpang and Nakang; 16 P-47s hit targets of opportunity along roads from Mong Nawng to Wan Sing and to Kunlong, China; 11 P-47s hit quarters at Monglawng while 3 others attack supply dumps at Laihka; 9 B-25s bomb communications routes, creating 2 road blocks behind enemy lines. In large-scale air supply operations, 536 sorties
AAFPOA Seventh Air Force: During the night of 23/24 March, five B-24s from Guam flying single-bomber strikes hit Susaki Airfield.
VII Fighter Command: 15 P-51s from Iwo Jima bomb and strafe various targets
on Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, and Ani Jima.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA [SWPA, Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s, B-25s, A-20s,
and fighters hit bomb Cebu City, hitting defenses
on Cebu and other islands, and on Luzon, bomb the Antamok mines, Balete
Pass, and the Tangadon areas, along with several other targets. B-24s also
hit targets on Mindanao and
fighter-bombers attack Takao, Formosa. The detachment of the 421st Night Fighter
Squadron, 86th Fighter Wing, operating from Tacloban with P-61s, returns
to base at San Marcelino.
RAAF: Crashed is B-24L "Old Nick" A72-80 (MIA).